Why Aren't Jewish Women Circumcised?
Gender and Covenant in Judaism
By (author) Shaye J. D. Cohen
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Why Aren't Jewish Women Circumcised? by Shaye J. D. Cohen
Book DescriptionWhy aren't Jewish women circumcised? This improbable question, first advanced by anti-Jewish Christian polemicists, is the point of departure for this wide-ranging exploration of gender and Jewishness in Jewish thought. With a lively command of a wide range of Jewish sources - from the Bible and the Talmud to the legal and philosophical writings of the Middle Ages to Enlightenment thinkers and modern scholars - Shaye J. D. Cohen considers the varied responses to this provocative question and in the process provides the fullest cultural history of Jewish circumcision available.
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Book DetailsISBN: 9780520212503
(229mm x 152mm x 25mm)
Imprint: University of California Press
Publisher: University of California Press
Publish Date: 26-Aug-2005
Country of Publication: United States
Books By Author Shaye J. D. Cohen
Beginnings of Jewishness, Paperback (January 2001)
Beginning with the intriguing case of Herod the Great's Jewishness, this title discusses what made or did not make Jewish identity during the period, the question of conversion, the prohibition of intermarriage, matrilineal descent, and the place of the convert in the Jewish and non-Jewish worlds.
Jews of Egypt, Paperback (October 1997)» View all books by Shaye J. D. Cohen
Presents the story of the adventures and misadventures of the people of Israel in the land of Egypt the years shrouded in the mists of biblical history under the Pharaohs; the strange intermezzo of the Jewish mercenary detachment on the island of Elephantine on the upper Nile. This title probes a turning point in Western civilization.
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Author Biography - Shaye J. D. Cohen
Shaye J. D. Cohen is Littauer Professor of Hebrew Literature and Philosophy at Harvard University. He is the author of The Beginnings of Jewishness: Boundaries, Varieties, Uncertainties (California, 1999), From the Maccabees to the Mishnah (1987), and Josephus in Galilee and Rome: His Vita and Development as a Historian (1979).
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